Report of the First Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT Cum Exhibition- Salalah – Sultanate of Oman, 23-25 June, 2014.

The First Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT Cum Exhibition was  held in Salalah – Sultanate of Oman during 23-25 June, 2014. This meeting was jointly organized by the IORA RCSTT and   the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center of the Sultanate of Oman and in cooperation with Dhofar University and the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center (OAPGRC), The Research Council (TRC) of the Sultanate of Oman.The meeting was attended by the resource persons and private sector from Egypt, India, I. R. Iran, Malaysia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Sultanate of Oman.This programme covered different topics such as policy making, regulation, standardization, technology transfer and commercialization, import and export of medicinal plants and herbal medicine and networking in IORA region in the framework of IORA Medicinal Plants Network (IORAMPNet). Totally, 17 presentations (including country reports) which mainly focused on the above topics were presented during the two-day Meeting by the participating countries as mentioned above.

 

Recommendations of Participants

The delegates expressed unanimously that the meeting has been a resounding success in coming up with focused recommendations and actions as below. These would help the IORA Member States and other developing countries in formulating their plans to ensure continued cooperation for applied research, technology transfer and commercialization of Medicinal Plants and Herbal Medicine in the IORA region;


I.    The meeting should be followed up at regional level to enhance cooperation on applied research, technology transfer and commercialization of Medicinal Plants and Herbal Medicine Technology in the IORA region through regional networking and annual joint activities in IORA region;

II.    The participants have expressed their support to improve and reinforce IORA Medicinal Plants Network (IORAMPNet) intensively;

III.    To continue the experts’ meetings programme, this event shall be held at least annually, each time hosted by one or more countries which are voluntarily selected in the previous meeting with IORA RCSTT as the biannual host.

IV.    An Ad Hoc committee on Standards and Standardization for medicinal plants and herbal medicine has been established. The committee will be chaired by Dr. Anil Kumar Tripathi, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of  India  and focal points of Malaysia, I. R. Iran, Thailand, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Egypt  and the Sultanate of Oman as members, to meet the objective of drafting a document including introducing the system of certification of each member state in order to introduce a minimum standard acceptable to all member states for commercialization of value added products of medicinal plants and related technology in the IORA region.

V.    To begin the process, the representative from Sri Lanka (Kamburawala Kankanamge Don Somathilaka Ranaweera, Bandaranayke Memorial Ayurvedic Research Institute), India (Anil Kumar Tripathi, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants ), and Malaysia (Ibrahim Jantan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)  proposed to host the next meeting  in their respective countries in 2014/2015. India, in addition, proposed to organize the training program as well.
The date of each program will be announced by each respective focal point in consultation with the Director of IORA RCSTT. However, the participants from Egypt and Seychelles would explore the possibility of hosting one activity for IORA member states in 2015/2016.

All participants appreciated the Royal Thailand government and the focal point to host the workshop on medicinal plants in July 2014.

VI.    The participant from Thailand (Chuleratana Banchonglikitkul, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research) has proposed to invite the attendees of this meeting for participation in the above program in Thailand, July, 2014.

VII.    Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman initiated a proposal to start collaboration with CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow, India, for development of a research/academic program for characterization and conservation of the biodiversity of medicinal plants in Dhofar region of Oman.


VIII.    Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman initiated a signage of the Memorandum of Understanding between Dhofar University, Sultanate of Oman and Exir Gol Sorkh, Zardband Pharmaceuticals Co., Rosepharmed biotechnology Co., Magnolia flavor & fragrance Co., Kimiagar Toos Co., Goldarou Co., Iran Darouk Co.,  to work on developing and transferring technological methods of producing herbal medicine  and any other herbal processing products.

IX.    To support networking among IORA Member States and other developing countries on applied research, technology transfer and commercialization considering the following issues and activities:

a.    It is recommended to conduct cooperative and joint activities in applied research, technology transfer and commercialization including:
i.    Technology exhibitions;
ii.    Conference/Training programs;
iii.    Technology transfer activities;

iv.    Developing a regional vision for technology development and commercialization;

X.    To invite the private sector and related industries to all future meetings focusing on developing business on medicinal plants, knowledge based production and related technologies in IORA region.

XI.    The delegations request the respective governments of the member states to support their focal points of Medicinal Plants to attend all the activities of IORA RCSTT annually and that the required permission to be provided to them to attend such programs when it is needed during the year.

XII.    The delegates from the member states agree to define a specific topic for each future meeting so that the expert from the member states related to the topic of the meeting could be invited.The participants have pledged to support the above activities in the region.


At the end of the Meeting, during the Closing Ceremony, all the participants were granted with the certificate of their attendance in the Meeting. On the third day of the Meeting, the private sector participants had a meeting with their counterparts in the Chamber of Commerce of the Sultanate of Oman to explore the possible areas for technology transfer and business cooperation.  


 It is worth mentioning that, all the participants both from public and private sectors of the IORA Member States and Dialogue Partners attending the Meeting were generously provided with full local hospitality by the Sultanate of Oman.

    The Meeting came to an end with a sight – seeing tour for all the attendees in Salalh, Sultanate of Oman on June 27.

Report on The First Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT Cum Exhibition

International Expert Meeting / Workshop cum Exhibition on Desalination Technologies IORA Members Perspectives for Cooperation,May 5-9, 2015 - Tianjin, China


The meeting was attended by resource persons and participants from Bangladesh (one participant), China (20), I. R. Iran (6), Kenya (1), Mauritius (1), Mozambique (1), Seychelles (1), South Africa (2), Sri Lanka (3), Tanzania (1), and Thailand (1). In response to IORA Council of Ministers endorsement for signing the MoU between the IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT) and the Institution of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization, SOA (Tianjin) (ISDMU) to establish the “IORA RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies” for IORA region, this programme was organized.


This Meeting / workshop was organized as the follow up of the 1st Regional Experts Meeting and Training Workshop on "Desalination of Brackish Sea Water and Wastewater Treatment" jointly organized by IORA RCSTT in cooperation with the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) in Tehran, I.R. Iran on June 19-21, 2012 and the Second International Training Workshop, Conference and Exhibition on desalination held in Tehran, I.R. Iran during 20-22 October, 2014.
The programme was mainly focused on helping the participants in forming deeper understanding of seawater technology and laying the foundation of technical cooperation and transfer on seawater desalination among the Member States through the region for the benefit of all the involved countries.
The major topics addressed during the event were as follows:
•    Water desalination policies and regulations for sustainable development
•    Thermal, membrane and hybrid desalination technologies
•    Energy minimization in water desalination plants
•    Emerging desalination technologies
•    Application of renewable energy in water desalination
•    Recent experiences in world desalination plants


Totally, 25 presentations (including 10 country reports) which mainly focused on the above topics were presented during the two-day Meeting by the participating countries as mentioned above.
Further, some visits to the institutes and companies in Tianjin have been arranged by the ISDMU the organizer of the event as follows:
- Visit to the Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization, SOA (Tianjin)
- Visit to Tianjin MOTIMO Membrane Technology Co., Ltd
- Visit to Tianjin TEDA New Water Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd
- Visit to Tianjin SDIC Jinneng Electric Power Co., LTD


The opening ceremony of the meeting was addressed by Mr. Wang Shiting, the Deputy Director-General of Department of African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Ms. Zhang Haiwen, the Director-General of Department of International Cooperation, State Oceanic Administration of China, Dr. M. Molanejad Director of IORA RCSTT and Prof. Li Linmei Director of ISDMU. In continuation, the delegates from South Africa and Thailand presented their speeches and at the end, the Inauguration ceremony for IORA RCSTT Regional Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies in IORA Region has been arranged.

 


The Inauguration ceremony for
 IORA RCSTT Regional Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies in IORA Region

 

Considering the importance of continued technical transfer or exchange, training, standardization cooperation on Desalination Technologies in the Region, the participants expressed  unanimously that the conference/workshop has been a resounding success in coming out with focused recommendations and actions as below:

I.    IORA RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies was officially set up at ISDMU.
II.    Improving cooperative mechanism of seawater desalination in the region among the related R&D institutions and private sector.
III.    The programme certainly would help the participants in forming deeper understanding of seawater technology in China and laid the foundation of technical cooperation and transfer on seawater desalination among the member states through the region for the benefit of all the involved countries.

 

 

 

 


The participants have agreed on the following issues:

 


1-    The participants have resolved to continue the organizing workshops, conferences and/or expert meetings on Desalination. These events should be organized annually by IORA RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies through IORA RCSTT secretariat, each time hosted by one country which is voluntarily selected in the previous meeting. It was proposed that the next activity of workshop/conference may be hosted by Sri Lanka (tentatively in May 2016) or South Africa in 2016,however the Royal Thai government may host the same programme in 2017.

2-    The participants have expressed their support that a technical visit in countries with potential demands for desalination technologies should be annually arranged by IORA-RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies through IORA RCSTT secretariat, to bring consultant service and solutions to relevant problems. It was proposed that the first such visit should take place to Sri Lanka to explore the possibility of installing the desalination unit for water purification for public use through support of Chinese government. The tentative date of visit by experts will be in November 2015 upon invitation from Sri Lanka. Mozambique has also expressed interest on this issue.

3-    IORA RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies will try to establish a special scholarship to subsidize experts or overseas students at ISDMU, including training program in China, to improve technological level of seawater desalination in the region.

4-    The Member States have been requested to nominate one of their centers of excellence to be the Focal Point for IORA RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies for enhancing technical cooperation in IORA region

 

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The Second Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT cum Exhibition - Lucknow, India - March 18 – 19, 2015

The Second Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT Cum Exhibition was held in Lucknow, Republic of India during 18–19 March, 2015. This meeting was jointly organized by Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR – CIMAP) and IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT) and supported by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

The meeting was attended by Director of CSIR – CIMAP, Prof. Dr. Anil Kumar Tripathi; Director of IORA RCSTT, Dr. Mahmoud Molanezhad; Principal Secretary of Horticulture of UP Government, Mr. Shri Deepak Trivedi; Chief Executive Officer of National Medicinal Plants Board, Ms. Meenakshi Negi; Chairman of Scientific Body of Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicines (PCIM), Dr. Sukhdev Swami Handa; experts from IORA Region (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Tanzania, and Thailand); and IORA private sector from India and Iran.

Opening Ceremony

During the opening ceremony of the meeting, welcome and opening remarks were given by Prof. Dr. Anil Kumar Tripathi, and the keynote speech by Dr. Mahmoud Molanezhad and Mr. Shri Deepak Trivedi. Also, a presentation on medicinal plants status and business in India has been given by Ms. Meenakshi Negi and a valuable lead lecture by Dr. Sukhdev Swami Handa. Finally, the ceremony ended with photo session and dedication of monument.

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Objectives of the Meeting

This programme covered issues on the status of quality standards and standardization of medicinal plants and products in IORA member countries and dialogue partners. Based on the objectives of the meeting, the issue and challenges in harmonizing the common minimum quality standards (CMQS) for medicinal plants and herbal medicines to introduce a system of certification acceptable to all Member States was discussed. The discussion was aimed for commercialization and trade facilitation of knowledge-based products of medicinal plants and related technologies in the IORA region.

Presentations and Visits

Totally, 15 presentations (including country report) which mainly focused on the above topics were presented during the 2 – days meeting by the delegates from the participant countries. On the first day, after the meeting was ended, all the participants had a study visit from CSIR-CIMAP and its facilities. In view of the experience and strength of CSIR-CIMAP in the area of Medicinal Plants it was suggested by IORA-RCSTT to make “CSIR-CIMAP” as Coordinating Centre of IORA-RCSTT for medicinal plants focal points.

 

    

    

  

Exhibition

5 Indian and 5 Iranian herbal medicines companies had the opportunity to exhibit and discuss with other participants about their products in order to promote technology transfer and commercialization of their knowledge-based products.

                                            

 

Recommendation of the Participants

Following major recommendations emerged after two-day deliberations among the participants:

  1. To characterize medicinal plants (considering the individual country position) used in traditional system of medicine including safety and efficacy via traditional usage.
  2. To develop standard protocols for quality of identified genotypes of species, their cultivation, quality control of their harvested products, clean post-harvest processing, product formulation and storage of materials and related final products in suitably controlled environment.
  3. To promote cultivation of characterized medicinal plants using improved planting material varieties / genotypes, which give optimum yields of raw herb and / or marker constituent(s) per unit area.
  4. To procure the medicinal plants from the cultivated sources from within and among IORA Member States for development of herbal products. Effort should be made to make similar strategy for medicinal plants of perennial nature.
  5. To develop human resources in all fields of the enterprise (in different areas like cultivation, processing, manufacturing, value addition, quality testing, marketing, etc) through training and educational programmes for capacity building.
  6. Harmonization of regulations for quality control and trade among the member countries, for the purpose of international consumption of products.
  7. Sharing knowledge, know-how, services, facilities through regular interactions, visits, technology transfer, etc.
  8. To formulate the strategy for the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and continued improvements in the regulations and benefit sharing in the area of medicinal plants.
  9. All above should be integrated with the cultural and traditional knowledge and faith being pursued in the respective regions.
  10. It has also recommended that each Member State may identify at least 10 medicinal plants of economic and medicinal importance of human / veterinary usage and work out the above parameters for them for exchange of information and benefit for the whole region.
  11. The Director of IORA-RCSTT indicated that the Medicinal Plants Focal Points shall take the necessary steps to complete the information required to be published on the IORA MPNet (Medicinal Plants Network of Indian Ocean Rim Association) enabling IORA Member States to enhance their cooperation by using the above network and its related information.
  12. The Science and Technology Park of Lorestan has proposed that the park may invite the technology parks in IORA Member States to initiate future collaboration in medicinal plants in this region in 2015" in the Lucknow Declaration.

It was recommended that the tentative next host countries to host the Third Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT, other related institutions and private sector in 2015 and 2016 could be Malaysia, Sri-Lanka and Seychelles.

All the representatives of the member nations agreed upon the above points.

Closing Ceremony

At the end of the meeting, during closing ceremony, all the participants were granted the certificate of attendance at the meeting and finally, the organizers provided archaeological sites visit to all the attendees in Lucknow, India on March 19, 2015.

International Conference

After the meeting, the participants also were invited to attend the “International conference on Medicinal plants: Resource for affordable new generation healthcare” on March 20-22, 2015 and the organizing committee had waived off the registration fee for the participants from IORA Region. The topics for the main technical sessions and poster presentations were as follows:

  • Genotypes and chemotypes - Prospection and conservation
  • Healing herbs in traditional systems of medicine
  • Botanical dietary supplements – Expanding markets
  • Quality standards and safety regulations for herbs and herbal products
  • Emerging global markets and challenges: Industrial perspective
  • Industry–Farmer partnership for employment and livelihood security
  • Policy issues for conservation, cultivation, quality control, trade and intellectual property

In this context, the number of IORA Participants had presented their papers which they received certificate of excellence from the organizers.

Acknowledgment

The delegates expressed their satisfaction for the success of the meeting in achieving the objectives and in coming up with focused recommendations for subsequent actions to be taken up by the Member States. The delegates also expressed their gratitude to Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, IORA-RCSTT, CSIR, New Delhi and CSIR-CIMAP Lucknow for organizing this meeting successfully. These would help in improving the environment of cooperation among the IORA Member States in formulating the plans to ensure continued cooperation in the field of research, technology transfer and commercialization of Medicinal Plants and Herbal Medicines in the IORA region.

It is worth mentioning that the government of India generously has supported this programme providing air ticket and local hospitality to one participant from each Member States and local hospitality to second participant and extra support of local hospitality to 10 private sector participants during this programme.

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